Ride of the Week

Sheep Boner to Coyote Crotch

Coyote Canyon

Switzerland via Utah

In terms of elevation gain, this is about as big as you can go right now in the Wasatch without riding laps. Additionally, the views from the saddle are right out of a Swiss fairy tale, and well worth the 1,500′ or so of climbing it takes to get to the top.

Note: This ride utilizes the Chopped Coyote trail as an out-and-back. The full Coyote loop still has significant snow coverage on north-facing aspects and would not be enjoyable in it’s current state.

Coyote Canyon


Sheep Bones to Chopped Coyote Route

You can start from either the trailhead behind UVU or the Upper Riverview TH off of Highway 32. An added benefit of starting from UVU is that you finish with more of a descent. Assuming you’re starting from UVU, climb the UVU connector to Upper Riverview. From here, you’ll take a left, at the UVU/Upper Riverview junction (northwest). Ride Upper Riverview until you get to Sheep Bones, which will be a hard left. Descend Sheep Bones back to the UVU connector trail. From here, climb back up to the Upper Riverview junction, but instead this time take a right (south). You’ll only be on Upper Riverview for a couple of minutes until you hit Chopped Coyote (labeled as Coyote Middle on Trailforks). From here, it’s a sustained climb until you reach the saddle. Once at the top, take in the view, ponder the wonders of the universe, and point it back down the way you came to return to the car.

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Alex

Alex is a designer by trade & mid-grade adventurer by night who’s quite partial to knobby tired bikes, clean design, & dirty hands. When not updating this silly website, he's likely off exploring the nearby hills with a few of his favorite partners in crime.

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